Hamas claims Fatah willing to join coalition gov’t

Thursday, February 16, 2006 | 
Senior Fatah members said they were willing to join a coalition government with Hamas. A Fatah representative said that Hamas would have to meet three conditions including: honoring existing agreements with Israel; acknowledging Israel’s right to exist; and accepting the Arab peace initiative. Hamas members will be sworn into the Palestinian Legislative Council on Saturday, but won’t take office until a new government is formed. Yesterday Israel freed Ahmed Haj Ali (66, photo) a Hamas member, who was elected in the recent Palestinian Legislative Council elections. Ali, a resident of the al-Ein refugee camp near Nablus was arrested by security forces in September 2005 and placed under administrative detention. After release he claimed he would work for the release of thousands of palestinian security prisoners in Israel.

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